1963 European Cup Final

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1963 European Cup Final
1963 European Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1962–63 European Cup
Date22 May 1963
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeArthur Holland (England)

The 1963 European Cup Final was a football match between Milan and Benfica, held at Wembley Stadium, London, on 22 May 1963. Milan won the match 2–1, winning the European Cup for the first time.[2] Runners-up Benfica made their third consecutive appearance in the final, having won both the 1961 and 1962 finals.

Milan's win in this match marked the first European Cup title for any Italian side. This match was also the first European Cup final not to feature a team from Spain.

Route to the final[edit]

Italy Milan Round Portugal Benfica
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Luxembourg Union Luxembourg 14–0 8–0 (H) 6–0 (A) Prelim. round Bye
England Ipswich Town 4–2 3–0 (H) 1–2 (A) First round Sweden IFK Norrköping 6–2 1–1 (A) 5–1 (H)
Turkey Galatasaray 8–1 3–1 (A) 5–0 (H) Quarter-finals Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 2–1 2–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
Scotland Dundee 5–2 5–1 (H) 0–1 (A) Semi-finals Netherlands Feyenoord 3–1 0–0 (A) 3–1 (H)



Milan Italy2–1Portugal Benfica
  • Altafini 58', 69'
Attendance: 45,715[1]
GK 1 Italy Giorgio Ghezzi
RB 2 Italy Mario David
LB 3 Italy Mario Trebbi
RH 4 Peru Víctor Benítez
CH 5 Italy Cesare Maldini (c)
LH 6 Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
OR 7 Italy Gino Pivatelli
IR 8 Brazil Dino Sani
CF 9 Italy[a] José Altafini
IL 10 Italy Gianni Rivera
OL 11 Italy Bruno Mora
Italy Nereo Rocco
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GK 1 Portugal Costa Pereira
RB 2 Portugal Domiciano Cavém
CH 3 Portugal Raúl Machado
LB 4 Portugal Fernando Cruz
RH 5 Portugal Humberto Fernandes
LH 6 Portugal Mário Coluna (c)
OR 7 Portugal José Augusto
IR 8 Portugal Santana
CF 9 Portugal José Torres
IL 10 Portugal Eusébio
OL 11 Portugal António Simões
Chile Fernando Riera

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A Brazilian expatriate, Altafini had represented his native Brazil at the 1958 World Cup, but in 1961 he changed allegiances to Italy. Notably, he played for Italy at the 1962 World Cup.[3]


  1. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League – Statistics Handbook 2012/13" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. p. 129. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  2. ^ Delaney, Miguel (1 September 2013). "AC Milan 2 Benfica 1". The Blizzard. Archived from the original on 30 September 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Legend of Calcio: Jose Altafini". 7 August 2017.

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